Kaepernick ignores play call, listens to Gore instead

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Kaepernick ignores play call, listens to Gore instead
December 23, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Frank Gore rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries Monday night. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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SAN FRANCISCO – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick made an executive decision.

He had the play call that coach Jim Harbaugh sent him from the sideline. But Kaepernick weighed the other option that running back Frank Gore presented him.

Kaepernick went with Gore’s call.

With the 49ers leading 20-17 with more than five minutes remaining, Gore was stopped for 1 yard up the middle on a first-and-goal from the 2.

“We had a different play call and Frank said he wanted the same thing,” Kaepernick said. “I wasn’t about to argue with him.

“I don’t think Coach was too mad because we scored. So it was all right.”

Gore’s touchdown run was the last offensive touchdown the 49ers scored in the regular season at Candlestick Park. And the 49ers would go on to a playoff-clinching 34-24 victory over the Falcons.

“I kind of saw the defense, how they were playing, and we were at what? The inch line,” Gore said. “And the ‘backers were playing like 5 yards back. I knew it was a quick hit, and I know I quick-hitted it. I barreled through. I knew they were going to come on top of me because my running style is low.

“I’m happy he listened to me. That the thing I love about Kap. He listens to his teammates.”

Gore finished with 97 yards on 21 rushing attempts. Gore has rushed for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns on the season.

Kaepernick completed 13 of 21 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown. And he also did his share of damage on the ground with six rushing attempts for 51 yards and a touchdown.